REIGNING Champions Simba suffered a painful 1-0 defeat at the hands of plucky Toto Africans of Mwanza at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
It was also a bad day for Azam FC who lost 2-1 to Mgambo JKT at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga.
Musa Said's second half goal condemned Simba to their second successive defeat, which saw them failing to put their campaign back on track after suffering a shock 2-0 loss to Mtibwa Sugar at the Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro last weekend.
Simba who badly needed a win to appease their disappointed fans, who are still trying to get over the bitterness caused by the previous weekend's defeat failed to exploit a host of chances they created in each half.
Both sides had a couple of good chances in front of each other's goal but neither of them exploited the chances.Simba's best chance early on saw Ugandan striker, Emmanuel Okwi, evade his marker down the left and race to the box but then surprisingly opted to pass to midfielder, Amri Kiemba, whose shot was blocked by Toto defenders.
Toto also made good runs into Simba box on several occasions and had shots on target but Simba keeper Wilbert Mweta saved the attempts. The Mwanza based side defenders made goal line clearance on two occasions midway through the half as Simba pressed for the opener, much to the Msimbazi Reds fans' dismay.
Simba then found the back of the net as Zambian striker, Felix Sunzu, tapped in Okwi's pass inside the area but the goal was disallowed for off side. The two sides thus settled to a goalless draw at the breather. On the restart, Simba quickly pounced on their opponents and Okwi was denied by the left post after cutting from the left.
Toto replied with a good move down the left, which ended with their striker connecting a cross inside the box but Mweta reacted quickly to clear the danger. Simba continued to put pressure on Toto defence and, on two occasions, penetrated into the latter's box almost at will only to be let down by poor finishing.
Milovan Circkovic men had a glorious chance midway when winger, Mrisho Ngasa, connected a cross by right fullback, Nassor Masoud 'Chollo', with a bicycle kick but Toto keeper brilliantly saved the shot.
Simba were then punished when Toto grabbed the opener against the run of play, through Musa Said, who connected a free kick from the right. Following the defeat, Simba remain third in the table on 23 points, while Azam FC also remained glued to second with 24 points.
Yanga, currently at the top of the standing, will be in action on Sunday against Tanga's Coastal Union at the Mkwakwani Stadium.In Tanga, Mgambo JKT were at their best beating second placed Azam FC 2-1. Issa Kamdulu connected home a cross by Full Maganga, to put the host ahead just 13 minutes from the kick- off.
Ivorian striker, Kipre Tchetche, continued with his goal scoring form, when he equalized for Azam at half an hour mark. It was the eighth goal of the season that put his top scorer in the league so far.
Mgambo scored the winner in the 78th minute through Nassoro Gumbo, who connected home Issa Kamdulu's cross. In Bukoba, hosts Kagera Sugar fought to a barren draw with bottom placed Polisi Morogoro at the Kaitaba Stadium.